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Eating out in Florida
If you are staying in a villa, you will need to think about your meals as they are all self catering. A lot of Mums (and of course Dads – sorry) will want to take it easy and not have to worry about cooking at the villa.
You could just have some breakfast cereals or bread for toast for your breakfast at the villa or there are plenty of places for breakfast before setting off for the day.
Places like, International House of Pancakes (IHOP), Dennys or the obvious McDonalds and Burger King are great for a quick uncomplicated breakfast. You could or course have a hearty breakfast at one of these and skip lunch altogether.
Food portions served in Florida restaurants are enormous so please do ask for a take out box to take home any left-overs (they will usually offer you one anyway) these could well make a whole meal for you for the next day. Alternatively, restaurants are happy to serve one meal and 2 plates so you can share a meal. Likewise, if you have small children with tiny appetites, just ask for another plate and give your child some of your food. Restaurants are happy to warm up baby food or baby bottles for you; some even sell baby food in jars.
Most restaurants serve soup or salads with every meal and expect you to eat either of these first. As some Europeans like to eat their salad with the main meal, do tell the waitress as she will not serve your main meal until she sees you have finished your salad.
Steaks, chicken and burgers are a staple in Florida but all restaurants serve fish and salads so vegetarians need not feel left out. Lamb is a rarity though but pork is also very popular. There are many Italian restaurants and quite a few Chinese but as yet only a few Indian restaurants.
Restaurants range from the very inexpensive to the very expensive so there will be one to suit every pocket. There is Dennys at around $10 per head right up to Victoria and Alberts at $125 per head. There is practically a restaurant every 100 yards in the Disney area so there really is no need to cook at your villa if you do not want to. Food in the theme parks is mainly all fast food, burgers, chicken nuggets and salads, although you can book to eat in one of the theme park restaurants but these are fairly expensive and need to be booked early in the morning. As a rough middle of the road guide to the cost of an evening meal, most entrees are around $10 – 15 each including rolls and soup or salad but excluding dessert and drinks.
I hope you will enjoy your eating experience in Orlando, there is certainly plenty of variety.
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Page added on: 16 April 2009
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